Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments
It is a statutory requirement for Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB) to carry out a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) every 3 years.
The aim of the Milton Keynes PNA is to describe the current pharmaceutical services, systematically identify any potential gaps in provision that could be met by providing more pharmacy services and seeks to understand future community pharmacy needs.
The PNA will be used by NHS England when making decisions on applications to open new pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractor premises, or applications from current pharmaceutical providers to change existing regulatory requirements.
In the process of developing the PNA, the views of a wide range of stakeholders, including the public, were gathered to identify issues that affect the commissioning of pharmaceutical services and to highlight local health needs and priorities.